May 19

US charges 5 Chinese officials in cyberspying case (RT, May 19, 2014):

A grand jury in the United States has indicted five members of the Chinese military with hacking into American computer networks and engaging in cyber espionage on behalf of a foreign government.

A grand jury in the United States has indicted five members of the Chinese military with hacking into American computer networks and engaging in cyber espionage on behalf of a foreign government.

The individuals — all allegedly officers of an elite cyber squad within the People’s Liberation Army, US federal prosecutors said Monday — are accused of hacking six American entities and stealing valuable trade secrets and other sensitive business information on behalf of China.

Among those that were targeted, the Department of Justice says, are nuclear technology developer Westinghouse and a large integrated specialties metal company headquarter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as the computer system of a major steelworkers union.

According to US officials, the hackers are all members of the PLA’s prestigious but highly secretive Unit 61398, which a well touted investigation conducted in by cybersecurity firm Mandiant in 2013 revealed to be responsible for targeting no fewer than 141 companies across 20 major industries, including Lockheed Martin, the Chertoff Group and Coca-Cola, all from a 12-story office building in Shanghai.

FBI Issues “Most Wanted” Notice For Wang “Ugly Gorilla” Dong And 4 Other Chinese Army Officers (ZeroHedge, May 19, 2014):

Presented with no comment… From Gu “KandyGoo” Chunhui to Wang “Ugly Gorilla” Dong… here are the FBI’s current Public Cyber Enemies #1 through 5.

WANTED-By-The-FBI

  • Wen Xinyu: Alias – “WinXYHappy”, “Win_XY”, Lao Wen – Wen controlled victim computers.
  • Sun Kailiang: Alias – Jack Sun –  held the rank of captain during the early stages of the investigation, was observed both sending malicious e-mails and controlling victim computers.
  • Huang Zhenyu: Alias – “Hzy_lhx” – Huang was a computer programmer who managed the domain accounts used by the others.
  • Wang Dong: Alias – Jack Wang, “Ugly Gorilla” – Wang controlled victim computers.
  • Gu Chunhui: Alias – “KandyGoo” – Gu tested malicious e-mail messages and also managed the domain accounts used by the others.

On May 1, 2014, a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania indicted five members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for 31 criminal counts, including: conspiring to commit computer fraud; accessing a computer without authorization for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain; damaging computers through the transmission of code and commands; aggravated identity theft; economic espionage; and theft of trade secrets. Continue reading »

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May 17

This Is What Happens When You Leave A Tank Parked On A City Street In Ukraine

As Jalopnik reports, a BMP light tank was reportedly left stalled on a city street near Mariupol… A gassed-up, fully-loaded tank. Ready to roll. Ready to obliterate some separatists. This is what happened next…
Forward to around 46 seconds for when he finds the big red “Fire” button…

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May 04

In England, Researchers Investigate Case of the Talking Mongoose (Wall Street Journal, April 30, 2014)

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Mar 27

Planet-Arkadia

Planet Arkadia Sells World’s First $1 Million “Virtual” Property (ZeroHedge, March 27, 2014):

$20 billion yesterday for a “virtual” reality corporation… but it gets better, as Property Guru reports, Singapore-based game developer Planet Arkadia is offering investments in what is believed to be the world’s first million dollar virtual property. It offers the ‘investor’ a chance to participate (by spending real money) in the “vibrantly growing economy of Planet Arkadia” – which we note is entirely virtual. Top, much?

Via Property Guru,

Singapore-based game developer Planet Arkadia is offering investments in what is believed to be the world’s first million dollar virtual property.

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Mar 10

Six Important Facts You’re Not Being Told About Lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (Natural News, March 10, 2014):

There are some astonishing things you’re not being told about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the flight that simply vanished over the Gulf of Thailand with 239 people on board.

The mystery of the flight’s sudden and complete disappearance has even the world’s top air safety authorities baffled. “Air-safety and antiterror authorities on two continents appeared equally stumped about what direction the probe should take,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Mar 10

Mexico kills drug kingpin reported dead years ago: official (Reuters, March 9, 2014):

A Mexican drug lord who had been reported dead more than three years ago was killed in a shootout with federal forces in western Mexico early on Sunday, a government official said.

Nazario Moreno, a leader of a powerful criminal gang that has ravaged the western state of Michoacan, had been reported killed by the government in a firefight in December 2010.

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Jul 17

Amnesia patient Michael Boatwright’s sister located in Louisiana (mydesert, July 16, 2013):

The family of Michael Boatwright — who was found unconscious in a Palm Springs motel room four months ago and woke up speaking only Swedish — heard about his whereabouts for the first time Monday.The Desert Sun located a sister of the 61-year-old, who has spent more than 19 weeks at Desert Regional Medical Center insisting he is named Johan Ek and has no memory of his life as Boatwright. Despite the Florida identification found in his wallet, he has been speaking only in Swedish and says he does not understand English.

Boatwright’s family did not know whether he was alive or dead, his sister Michelle Brewer told The Desert Sun over the phone from her home in Louisiana.“I haven’t talked to him in years. He just disappeared,” she said.

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